JOE S. WILCOX, AIA - Principal Architect
Joe Wilcox’s knowledge of the building systems integrated with his respect for the design makes him the right choice for any project. His experience has taught him which issues require the most attention and how to meet important milestones along the way. Joe’s best attribute is the ability to communicate clearly with the entire project team and to keep the goal of an excellent final product that everyone can be proud of.
DAWN SOPHIA ZIEMER, AIA Associate, LEED AP ID+C - Principal Interior Designer
Dawn Ziemer has a strong background in the design of institutional facilities and has experience on many modernization projects including the preparation of FF&E bid documents and complete signage packages. She has worked on a number of historically significant facilities in Santa Barbara and has experience working with the City of Santa Barbara’s design review agencies. Dawn works closely with the user group to develop a program that reflects the unique identity of each project. Involved on a project from programming through completion, she will focus on the details that relate mainly to how the interior space will function and will follow through with the design to ensure that the user group’s requirements are met. The majority of projects Dawn has worked on are publicly bid so she understands the importance of creating accurate bid documents that help to minimize the need for change orders. Her comprehensive project approach enables her to bring together individual needs for a cooperative design solution.
TODD A. JESPERSEN, AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Principal Architect
Todd Jespersen has led KBZ’s LEED efforts on three recent projects: the first has achieved Gold certification; the second has achieved Silver certification; and the third is on-track for Silver as well. Since joining KBZ in 1996, he has served as either Project Architect or Principal in Charge on many municipal projects.
THIERRY H. CASSAN, AIA - Principal Architect
Originally from Montpellier, France, Thierry Cassan has been in the United States for sixteen years, he began his career as an industrial designer at Valorga, S.A., a waste management engineering firm where he was responsible for the architectural design of waste management and water purification plants. In 1989, Thierry left Valorga, S.A. to open his own practice. While in Europe, he was an active member in the group Atelier Patrix which works with the Industrial Designer/Colorist, Georges Patrix, who is internationally known for implementing design and color in the workplace. Thierry joined KBZ in 1999 and was made a partner in January 2007.
JULIE WENDT - Associate Project Architect
Julie Wendt joined Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects in 1998 and was made an associate in 2007. Julie has extensive experience in the design and construction of educational facilities in both Washington state and California. She understands the unique challenges of modernization projects and their effects on budgets, schedules and phasing.
MAT GRADIAS, AIA - Associate Project Architect
A fifth generation native to Santa Barbara, Mat began his career in high-end residential design in the office of Andy Neumann, Architect. After a brief, but valuable stint working on large scale institutional and commercial projects in the Portland office of ZGF, Mat returned to Santa Barbara to work with Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis. Mat joined the offices of KBZ in 2011, after working on his own for a number of years. Mat has worked on projects of varying scales and typologies. He brings an expert level of experience to all phases of the design process.
RICHARD KRYSTIAN - Project Architect
LAURIE HAMMACK, LEED AP ID+C - Interior Designer
JOHN PATRICK PANLAQUI, AIA Associate - Project Manager
JASON CONNER, LEED AP BD+C - Project Manager
SHANNON BLOMST, AIA Associate - Project Manager
ANNA GUENTHER - Project Manager
JONATHAN LEE, AIA Associate, LEED Green Associate - Project Manager
CAITLIN MILICH - Project Manager
SHELBY ORTIZ - Graphic Designer